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Visiting this working tapestry factory is like opening a time capsule. Founded by Felipe V in 1721, it gave Spain its own version of Paris’ Gobelins Manufactory. Almost 3 centuries later, skilled artisans still make rugs and wall tapestries at the original handlooms. Watching their fast-moving fingers will give you a new appreciation for this time-honored craft. Francisco de Goya even designed cartoons for tapestries that still grace the walls of the Palacio Real. When you’ve finished watching the weavers, you can view Goya’s original cartoons as well as tapestries from the 18th through 20th centuries. The factory’s on the far side of the Atocha train station from the Prado.